Ann Harmer has always been intrigued by mushrooms. When she decided to move to BC’s Sunshine Coast, where her new home was surrounded by rainforest, she knew it was time to learn more about the fungi that grew in such abundance at her doorstep. At the same time, she developed an interest in fibre arts. When she heard about a Fungi & Fibre Symposium taking place in California in 2008, there was no question—she had to go. So began her ongoing passion for dyeing fibre with mushrooms.
Ann has since attended every subsequent Symposium, which has taken her to Sweden, Spain, and Estonia. She was instrumental in bringing the 17th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium to her home area, Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast, in October 2016.
Ann teaches mushroom-dyeing workshops at Maiwa School of Textiles in Vancouver and has offered presentations and workshops to fibre-arts groups in a number of communities in British Columbia. She is active in the Sunshine Coast Spinners & Weavers Guild and the Sunshine Coast Society for the Hunting, Recognition and Observation of Mushrooms (SHROOM).
Now Ann eagerly awaits every mushroom season and spends most fall days tramping through the bush with her dog, searching out the next fungal treasure, whether for dyepot, cookpot, or papermaking.
Ann’s book, Magic in the Dyepot, was released at the 2016 Symposium, and is available through her blog.
Other items produced by Ann are: mushroom-dyed yarns and silks, handspun skeins, knitted and crocheted items